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Mike Pirnat

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Had a nice, relaxing, mellow bit of a weekend. It's been cool, grey, and drizzly, which has really made the fall colors nice.

Friday, our new Pella windows were installed (no pictures yet, been too lazy). I need to sand, prime, and paint them, which will be more work than either of us wanted, but I really think the end result will be worth it. They already look and function so much better than the three windows we replaced.

Saturday was Heather and Bob's Lord of the Rings themed Halloween party. Jules made a most excellent Galadriel, complete with pointy ears and flowing blonde hair. She'd like to mention that all shall love her and despair, just in case you were curious. I threw on some old stuff from my SCA days, and Liz looked great in the borrowed dress. Heather was striking as Arwen in an amazing hand-made white dress, and she completed the look with the LotR fanclub's official Evenstar pendant, a pair of pointy ears, and dyed black hair. Impressive! She'd also whipped us up a feast of different tasty breads, which were labeled as various lesser-known varieties of lembas. We amused ourselves with a game of Lord of the Rings edition Monopoly, while we ran the extended DVD of Fellowship, muted to allow us to listen to the Two Towers soundtrack. Sadly, I forgot the camera, so I have no pictures of everyone in costume.

Surprisingly, I thoroughly whomped everyone's ass at Monopoly, something which I truly believe is a sign of the apocalypse. If it starts raining fire and brimstone, please accept my sincerest apologies; it's just how the game went. I spent most of the game thinking I was going to lose miserably, as I had relatively little property and was rolling poorly. Rather by luck, I suddenly found myself with all four of the horses (the LotR equivalent of the railroad spaces) and Barad Dur (Park Place). I thought as long as I was losing, I'd try to swindle Mount Doom (Boardwalk) from Heather, since she was getting pretty cash-poor. I didn't think she'd give it to me, but for some reason she did. I don't think she realized I had the other property. Then, everyone started landing on my horses, over and over again. Every time someone landed on a horse, that was another $200 that went straight into putting strongholds (houses) onto Mount Doom and Barad Dur. And then, once each space had four strongholds, people started to have the bad luck of landing on them, sometimes more than once. No one could pay, since they had all over-invested in property earlier but didn't have enough monopolies built to really generate much return on their investments. I, of course, was perfectly willing to take properties off their hands... I think it only took me about 10 minutes to own just about everything on the board. w00t! I am going to enjoy this win as much as possible, because it's nigh-guaranteed to never, ever happen again.

Today we drove out to Karla's new place to meet her new kitties, Jellybean and Butterscotch. They are soooooooooo cute, in the way that only teeny-tiny playful kittens can achieve. We had lunch at Cracker Barrel (ugh, that was regrettable) due to practically nothing good being open in Twinsburg before one o'clock. After lunch, we drove up to B&B; Appliances to scope out goodies for the new kitchen, and much forward progress was made on that project. (Yay!) Finally, we schlepped back to Westlake and bought a couple of pumpkins to carve. I'm trying to decide whether to do Star Wars carvings or Lord of the Rings... I was thinking it would be pretty cool to carve the inscription from the One Ring into the pumpkin, but I'm not sure how practical it would be. I wonder if someone has a template for that...

Liz is downstairs attending to dinner preparations (forty clove garlic chicken), so I'd best be moving along to assist if I know what's good for me.

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